New Mexico State Road 1 was, as might be expected, one of the first roads to be signed by the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT). This particular sign, with the long-ray zia surrounding a small route number, was part of the inaugural set of signs made in April of 1927. However, the design didn’t stay around for very long, as the traveling speeds got higher along with the number of roads, which prompted a re-design in the 1930s to make the signs more legible. The zia does still feature in New Mexico’s state road signs, though, even if the design itself has undergone a few changes over the years.
Our New Mexico State Road 1 sign is made to the exact state standards in use from the very beginning of the state’s highway system in 1927 to the 1930s, when the design was revised for better legibility. Due to its short life on the roads of New Mexico, finding an original marker like this one will be a long, stressful process, capped off with a hefty price tag if you manage to find one at all. Save yourself the time, effort, and money of scouring the collectors’ market with our faithful replica.
Our replica New Mexico State Road 1 sign is flat printed on heavy 14-gauge steel. As with all of our signs, this one is durable enough to survive the elements outdoors (even in the New Mexico desert!). It also looks just as beautiful indoors, thanks to its glossy non-reflective finish. It comes in your choice of diameters: 12, 16, 24, and 36 inches. All of our signs include two convenient holes for easy installation. (Looking for another classic route marker like this one from another state? Or perhaps another classic New Mexico sign? We can help! Just contact Jake to get started on your custom order.)